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FAQs

Click on any of the Frequently Asked Questions listed below to see the answer. 

To apply to the Living School, follow the steps here.
The Living School accepts applications from July 1st to September 30th each year. Prospective students can order application packets until September 16th. Applicants will receive notice of their application status in mid-January. Applicants will not be notified during the review process, nor should an applicant inquire about their status during this period. To see the exact dates of the application process click here.
Please visit our Discernment Steps page to see the ideal criteria for a prospective student.
Students who fit the ideal criteria will be given preference regardless of age or religious background.
Students who fit the ideal criteria will be given preference regardless of age or religious background.
The school year begins every fall with a symposium. Students must attend all of the symposia during their two-year tenure at the Living School.
The general format of the courses is a mixture of educational disciplines. Since each course is tailored to the subject matter, the best descriptors are these disciplines. Click here to review the Living School educational disciplines.
Students are required to attend both the annual symposia and the small-group intensive. View the schedule of symposia and on-site intensives here.
Living School students can expect an average of 20-30 hours a month when they are at-home. When students are on-site they can expect full days (10 – 12 hours). Learn more about at-home study and on-site sessions.
The Living School's two-year program is an intentional combination of on-site study (New Mexico-based sessions) and at-home study (online). This maximizes the relationship between personal and communal practice and study. It also reflects the latest industry findings that a combined learning model is most effective for programs like ours. For these reasons, students in the two-year program are required to attend all on-site sessions (the small-group intensive and the three annual symposia). See the Living School Program Details web page for more information. If you determine that you cannot participate in the Living School’s two-year program, you may be interested in taking self-paced, individual online courses. Learn more about Online Education here.
The Living School will admit an average of 180 to 200 students per cohort for a total maximum enrollment of between 540 to 600 students who will be active in various stages of the program. Both the small-group intensive and the annual symposia provide students with opportunities to learn in person with Fr. Richard, other core faculty, invited teachers, CAC staff, and fellow students.
Students are encouraged to seek assistance from their local support networks for tuition and travel expenses. The tuition that students pay is not the full cost of the Living School. Thanks to CAC's generous donors, the Living School is able to keep tuition at its current level. Students may apply for limited tuition assistance once they have been accepted into the Living School.
The Living School finds inherent value in spiritual direction, it will be offered during the Symposia and On-site Intensive for an additional fee. Students are highly encouraged to be in spiritual direction in their local community. Visit Spiritual Directors International to find a spiritual director in your location.
Students will be responsible for paying for their lodging during all on-site sessions. We will ensure that students have access to the lowest room rates possible at area retreat centers or hotels. Students will be given details about local lodging options after their acceptance. Daily breakfast and lunch (and one dinner gathering during each symposium) are covered by the Living School tuition fees. Students will pay for their own dinners. There are a number of grocery stores and restaurants in close driving proximity to the campus/venue.
Students will not need a vehicle during the annual symposia; everything will be available on-site. During the on-site intensive, students will need a vehicle (or arrange to carpool with other students) for transportation between their lodging and CAC campus.
Students will need reliable access to a computer that meets the requirements for the online courses taken during the at-home portions of the program. Those requirements are available at the bottom of the Discernment Steps page.
Students will learn directly from Fr. Rohr and other faculty in small and large learning environments. One-on-one time should not be expected with any of the faculty.
Teaching at the Living School is an invitational process intended to serve the larger curricular emphasis of our program. We are leading the School’s cutting-edge curriculum with a group of world-renowned ecumenical leaders with whom we have established a relationship for the first three to five years of the program’s operation. These teachers bear witness to the Christian voice of universal awakening, grounded firmly within its mystical and transformational tradition. As knowledge-makers, rather than focus on developing expertise around one worthy subject, each teacher is a synthesizer who has brought together several realms of knowledge in a holistic way that speaks to this universal perspective. Each is a pioneer in opening Christianity to a broader and more inclusive theological vision.This is the focus of the Living School curriculum and we think many people will agree that this roster of knowledge-makers offers rare access for the most mature students—including other teachers and ministers. It creates an opportunity to learn at a deeper, more spacious level that ultimately builds a greater capacity for compassionate action in the world. Our hope is that individuals who consider themselves candidates for teaching positions at the Living School would consider joining this feast at the learning table of the School as a student first.
The Living School's two-year program is an intentional combination of on-site study (New Mexico-based sessions) and at-home study (online). This maximizes the relationship between personal and communal practice and study. It also reflects the latest industry findings that a combined learning model is most effective for programs like ours. For these reasons, students in the two-year program are required to attend all on-site sessions (the small-group intensive and the three annual symposia). See the Living School Program Details web page for more information.If you determine that you cannot participate in the Living School’s two-year program, you may be interested in taking self-paced, individual online courses available through CAC. No application is required, and the courses are of short duration, to be taken in in any sequence. Learn more about Online Education here.
If you are unable to find the information you're seeking elsewhere on the Living School web pages, you can send your question via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please allow up to three business days for a response.
    

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